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Blaauwklippen

R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
+27 21 880 0133
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Pleasant afternoon

Our visit to this winery was on a Sunday and that presented an amazing insight into the relaxed and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Julie Z
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Barry's Bay, Canada
Relax at a fresh market with beautiful music

Visit this amazing market , sit under the trees sipping a cocktail and eating one of the many... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Milly-may V
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Parow, South Africa
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Blaauwklippen Vineyards, the renowned Stellenbosch wine farm that celebrates its 333rd anniversary in 2015, has recently unveiled the transformation of its wine centre into a venue dedicated to sensory ecstasy, featuring a room for enjoying premium spirits, an exciting bistro, as well as revitalised wine and food experiences. Blaauwklippen - meaning blue stones - was named after the granite present in the surrounding mountains and soils. Its erosion over centuries has ensured mineral rich vineyards that allow for the production of exceptional wines and especially Zinfandel, for which Blaauwklippen is famous. Today, it is a well-known wine tourism destination for families and wine lovers who enjoy a great day out involving wine, food and the not to be missed popular weekly Sunday family market. The Tasting Room incorporates several features, all geared to provide insight, comfort and pure sensory enjoyment. In addition to Blaauwklippen's award winning brandies, the Spirits Room features a selection of premium potstill brandies by South African producers, creating the first brandy hub on a wine estate in South Africa all available for tasting and sale, and hosted by specially trained staff. A selection of cigars can be enjoyed on the Oak Terrace outside, along with a brandy tasting. The full range of Gentleman Spirits - a range of artisanal distilled products made by Urs Gmur, master distiller Hubertus Vallendar and Rolf Zeitvogel, will be available too. This is the ideal space to try a Zinfandel Grappa with a delicious espresso. Blaauwklippen's reputation for fine food is further bolstered in a new wine and food offering. Not to be missed is the Wine & Chocolate Experience where visitors can savour amongst others a delicious coriander whirl paired with the farm's famous White Zinfandel, or a melt-in-the-mouth coffee-and-ginger dark coffee bean paired with noble late harvest Zinfandel. The spirits too get a showing; try the warm spice orange box chocolate paired with a 10-year-old potstill brandy or a hot chilli oval chocolate with Blaauwklippen's well-known Before and After Aperitif. At R80pp, the value is outstanding. If it's something more substantial you're after, then the new wine & food pairing adventure is for you. For only R150pp, you'll be able to enjoy five sumptuous bite sized nibbles accompanied by five Blaauwklippen wines, meticulously paired to showcase their best flavour and aromatic attributes. The Bistro is the culinary playground of charcutier Steve Jeffery of Cape Town's famed the charcuterie, who brings his fresh and easy approach to food. He supports the principles of free range, hormone free, pasture-fed and ethically farmed animals cured in the classic timeless fashion. Here you will find the finest ingredients, prepared with passion and served with love - an unparalleled culinary experience. The Bistro offers a selection of platters available daily and a classical bistro home-cooked style menu in the evenings. While parents enjoy their meal in a tranquil setting, there's a jungle gym for the children to enjoy. Picnics are also on offer. Adults are further catered for in the Piazza, a beautifully manicured courtyard adjoining the cellar where informal wine tastings will be held. It's also the ideal space for private celebrations and is therefore available for hire. A sure highlight for oenophiles is Blaauwklippen's vinoteque. This comprises a carefully selected wine archive dating back to 1978. But it's not only for observing - no less than 33 vintages of wine are available for purchase, making this the premier destination for that very special gift. Tastefully decorated, the vinoteque can also be booked for private tastings or intimate get-togethers. For the nominal fee of R20pp, visitors can visit the Blaauwklippen cellar as part of regular, guided tours every day at 11:00 and 14:00. Booking should be made in advance. Other interests are still to be catered for at Blaauwklippen. Visitors can shop and buy a wide range of products, from home ware to Riedel glassware and books to gifts. There's a complimentary gift-wrap service too. If you have a keen interest in art, visit Blaauwklippen's very own artist-in-residence Marius Prinsloo as he creates bright and beautiful paintings before your very eyes. He also ensures a wide selection of works, by various South African artists, are on display in the Tasting Room and available for sale. The farm will also pack purchased artwork for travel. And, before you head home, be sure to pick up some fine deli cheese, charcuterie and preserves - the ideal accompaniment to any one of Blaauwklippen's superb wines.
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“sunday market” (22 reviews)
“family market” (9 reviews)
“lazy sunday” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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R44, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our visit to this winery was on a Sunday and that presented an amazing insight into the relaxed and family oriented life of South Africans. We enjoyed an amazing charcouteri platter to complement our wine tasting. We then walked around the park like setting and...More

Thank Julie Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit this amazing market , sit under the trees sipping a cocktail and eating one of the many scrumpteous snacks or dishes , listening to live music while children are playing with the farm animals.

Thank Milly-may V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The property is beautiful and the history or story behind the estate is absolutely amazing. The Cellar tour is very informative, and great. The Gin tasting is out of this world, I would recommend it to everyone over the age of 18 to go and...More

Thank Nicole R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Sunday market for awesome food including artesinal cheeses and sausages. The went for a spirit tasting which was an awesome way to spend the afternoon. Great gin varieties.

Thank Ingrid M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a few visitors from abroad. the service was average- they rushed through the tasting. The Springbok curry was surprisingly delicious. Suggest sitting outside if it's a warm and bright day.

Thank Aarti S
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We cost the Sunday market at least once a month. We get their early and enjoy the relative quiet while enjoying some epic foods and interesting market wares. The variety of food vendors is astounding and we can't.losiblymleave without grabbing pancakes for my Girls and...More

Thank Nick C
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Spent a lovely Sunday morning strolling among the hand- crafted good and stalls with great food - from Thai to Greek to lamb on the spit. Highlight was the gin cocktails made by the gin craftsman himself. Pony rides for kids and clothing stalls for...More

Thank Nix N
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We had the most enjoyable morning at Blaauwklippen today! Introducing friends from Europe and the US to SA wine in a stunning setting with attentive hosts making us feel so welcome and pampered!

Thank PhilipZA
Reviewed 30 June 2017

The wine and chocolate pairing is delicious. The specially crafted and flavoured chocolates perfectly compliment the wine and brandy on offer. We enjoyed a comfortable and relaxed afternoon in front of the fire. The staff member was friendly and interesting. She discussed the individual wines...More

Thank Helenehmh
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Spent part of Sunday afternoon wandering around the Market stalls and sampling a delightful array of home made foods. A good variety of nik-naks, clothes and collectibles are on sale. Wine tasting is enjoyable and you get 5 varieties for R75. The grounds are beautiful...More

Thank Steffen K
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